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Hurricane Harvey will hit Texas Saturday, here’s what to expect

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane Thursday, where it’s expected to bring potentially devastating flooding to coastal Texas, meteorologists said. more

Shopping for electricity is getting cheaper in Texas

Shopping for electricity is becoming cheaper for most Texans, according to a new study from the Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. But for those who live in an area with only one electricity … more

House passes bills to give retired teachers relief from rising costs

The Texas House on Aug. 1 approved House Bill 20, legislation appropriating $212.7 million from the “rainy day” reserve fund to help defray rising healthcare costs for retired school employees. more

Texans in Congress sidestep questions about Trump and Russia

Texans in Congress largely sidestepped questions Tuesday regarding the firestorm unleashed hours earlier when Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president, released emails showing he eagerly accepted … more

Lawmakers file dozens of bills as Abbott officially calls special session

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a declaration for a special session of the Texas Legislature Monday, formally inviting lawmakers back to Austin to pass “sunset legislation” that will keep several key … more

With 2018 election looming, Texas back in court over political maps

SAN ANTONIO — Eight months ahead of the 2018 primaries, Texas and its legal foes on Monday will kick off a week-long trial that could shake up races across the state. The state and minority … more

Judge blocks Texas secretary of state from giving voter information to Trump commission

A Texas district judge has issued a temporary restraining order preventing Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos from handing voter information to President Donald Trump's voter fraud investigation … more

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event

Texas A&M to host all five living former U.S. presidents for hurricane relief event by Matthew Watkins, The Texas Tribune Oct. 4, 2017 … more

In historic win, charters getting state funding for facilities for the first time

For the first time in Texas, public charter schools will receive state funding to pay for leasing and maintaining buildings and facilities — expanding their access to the state's limited money for … more

New Texas law allows merchants to decline card purchases without ID

A law that takes effect in January will allow Texas merchants to ask for photo identification for credit and debit card purchases – and turn down transactions if a buyer won’t show it. The aim … more

Senate education chair: House school finance plan "not a long-term solution"

The Texas Senate's education chairman said Tuesday that he would not accept a House proposal to put $1.8 billion into public schools … more

Are lawmakers' business ties with public entities a conflict of interest?

Like most higher education institutions, Houston Community College officials had a lot they wanted state legislators to do for them in Austin earlier this year … more

After 2015 legalization, Texans may be able to buy medical cannabis oil by January

In 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed the first bill allowing any growing or sale of marijuana in Texas. The Texas Compassionate Use Act legalized the selling … more

White nationalist rally at Texas A&M to feature Richard Spencer; counter protest planned

As the nation watched tension between white nationalists and counter protestors turn violent Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia, worries began to emerge that the discord would come to a Texas … more

Texas House approves "compromise" city annexation bill

Legislation that would allow Texans to vote on whether cities in large counties can annex areas outside of their limits — a contentious issue that prompted a filibuster in May — got one step … more

Abbott, Texas delegation ask Congress for hurricane relief funds

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Lone Star State’s congressional delegation last week signed a letter seeking $18.7 billion in Texas-specific Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery funding in the next federal supplemental appropriations bill. more

House, Senate must work toward agreement on state budget

AUSTIN — After more than 15 hours of floor debate, the Texas House of Representatives on April 7 approved a balanced, $218 billion, state budget for fiscal years 2018-2019.During the debate, state representatives proposed some 378 amendments to … more

Hurricane Harvey assaults coast, then batters inland counties

AUSTIN — Hurricane Harvey slammed the middle Texas coast on Aug. 25, hammering the region from Rockport to Palacios before continuing inland as a tropical storm and causing widespread … more

Texas Senate approves teacher bonuses, benefits — but not pay raises

The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved legislation to give teachers bonuses and to improve retired teachers' health benefits  — but only after the bill's author removed a controversial provision … more

Texas Congressman says he'd challenge female GOP senators to a duel if they were men

A Texas GOP congressman says if the three female Republican senators who oppose a bill repealing Obamacare were men from South Texas, he might challenge them to a duel.  "The fact … more
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